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Collaboration: 06/01/17

Armchair BEA logo with with Twitter, Tumblr, and GoodReads How can we connect with others in the book community. The first thing to realize is the book community is made up of many different neighborhoods. You are not part of all of them, nor do you have to be.

I am part of three of these: librarian, book blogger, and the independent booksellers (through friends who own bookstores). I connect with these groups through a variety of online methods.

Twitter / Tweetdeck - to make tracking all these different accounts, I have them divided into lists, with the lists getting their own column in Tweetdeck. Some of my lists include:

Tumblr: there's a ton of book love on Tumblr. Two of my favorite Tumblr bookish communities are the Tumblarians (librarians on Tumblr) and Booklr (book bloggers on Tumblr).

GoodReads: I have GoodReads set up to email me when books on my wishlist become available. I use the site for keeping track of my reading and of books I want to read, especially those not yet published. GoodReads also has a number of social options, like groups, and collaborative list making, and so forth, but I mostly use it for the tracking aspects.

    Other methods:
  • Mailing lists
  • Local luncheons and monthly meetings
  • Facebook (for professional contacts)
  • LinkedIn (also for contacts, but in a more formal setting)
  • Newsletters

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Comment #1: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 13:39:04


I'm a HUGE fan of Twitter lists!

Comment #2: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:22:00


Twitter lists are great. I'd miss so much if I couldn't focus on specific groups like that.

Comment #3: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 02:37:58

Gabriella M

Wow, you are so organized! I need to start thinking about doing stuff like that! Thank you for sharing!

Comment #4: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:25:00


The organization helps. It makes it easier to follow along on different things without having to remember why I followed a certain account or needing to scroll through tons of other irrelevant tweets.

Comment #5: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 06:54:33

Molly @ Cafinated Reads

I haven't gotten used to tumblr but loads of folks use it. I wonder if it's worth it.

Thanks for the great post!

Armchair BEA Cafinated Reads Day 2

Comment #6: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:28:00


Tumblr gives me a place to put my more off the cuff blogging – a place to share links, memes, and other things that wouldn't fit as well on my book blog.

Comment #7: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 18:19:24

Jenna @ Falling Letters

Twitter lists have been a lifesaver for me. I don't know how Tweetdeck works, but being able to set a list as my timeline in Tweetbot has helped me focus my time spent on Twitter. I also use Goodreads primarily for tracking, though if I ever were to join a book club I would probably do it through that site...

Comment #8: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:30:00


Likewise, I've never used Tweetbot. But it sounds like you have found a way that works for you.

Comment #9: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 21:04:32

Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

I love how much in detail you went into this! I'm a librarian as well, and it is a different world than even my part time job at a bookstore. Great post!

Comment #10: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 19:33:00


Thanks. I'm seeing more and more of the bookstore side of things as a friend of mine is in the process of opening up a store.

Comment #11: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 21:37:58


That is a very cool feature on TweetDeck. I don't use that platform at all, but I think it would be handy. I'm not on Tumblr at all.

Comment #12: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 19:37:00


I like that there is more than one way to use Twitter. I'm on Tumblr because of my librarian / library connections.

Comment #13: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 23:14:58


Great list of tips, but #8 and #10 are my absolute favorites!!

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